I never got around to posting a running recap for July, so I'll just squeeze July and August together. I've had two really great months of running. I love this time of year because I can wake up early and run before Paul leaves for work. Of course, now we're losing daylight, so I won't be able to do this much longer unless I want to opt for the treadmill. During the past two months I have backed off on the crosstraining, as I just wanted to use my time for running. I'll pick up more crosstraining when the days grow shorter.
weights x 5
hiking x 2
running x 121 miles
yoga x 1
tennis x 2
hiking x 1
weights x 4
running x 134 miles
I tried going off the glucosamine (it makes my blood pressure rise slightly, so I don't like to stay on it for long) but my joint pain came back, so I am back on it for now. I also went to a health fair at the Vitamin Shoppe, and they recommended this stuff called Cissus, which was on sale. I am trying it, tentatively, but it seems to be giving me headaches. So it might not be the best option for me.
I still don't have any races planned. It seems I am staying motivated just fine with my running, even without the races. This is interesting to me, as in over 10 years of running, I have never not raced. I even raced when I was pregnant! I miss it sometimes, but mostly, I feel fairly happy just to be running day in and day out. There is a definitely a temptation to jump into a marathon this fall (with my current fitness level, I'm only 4 long runs away from a taper!), but it's probably not a great idea. Hopefully I will continue to stay injury-free.
Readers, did you ever rely on something that you thought you needed....only to find out that you were just fine in the end without it?